Melania Trump Convention Speech and Transcript

Monday, July 18th, 2016
2016 Republican National Convention
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

 

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Thank you. Thank you very much.

You have all been very kind to Donald and me, to our young son Barron, and to our whole family. It's a very nice welcome and we're excited to be with you at this historic convention. I am so proud of your choice for President of the United States, my husband, Donald J. Trump. And I can assure you, he is moved by this great honor.

The 2016 Republican primaries were fierce and started with many candidates, 17 to be exact, and I know that Donald agrees with me when I mention how talented of all, talented all of them are. They deserve their respect and gratitude from all of us.

However, when it comes to my husband, I will say that I am definitely biased, and for good reason. I have been with Donald for 18 years, and I have been aware of his love for this country since we first met. He never had a hidden agenda when it comes to his patriotism, because, like me, he loves this country very much.

I was born in Slovenia, a small, beautiful and then-communist country in Central Europe. My sister Ines, who is an incredible woman and a friend, and I were raised by my wonderful parents. My elegant and hard-working mother Amalia introduced me to fashion and beauty. My father Viktor instilled in me a passion for business and travel. Their integrity, compassion and intelligence reflect to this day on me and for my love of family and America.

From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son, and we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. Because... because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limits to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.

I’m fortunate for my heritage but also to where it brought me today. I traveled the world while working hard in the incredible arena of fashion. After living and working in Milan and Paris, I arrived in New York City twenty years ago, and I saw both the joys and the hardships of daily life.

On July 28th, 2006, I was very proud to become citizen of the United States… the greatest privilege on planet Earth.

I cannot, or will not, take the freedoms this country offers for granted. But these freedoms have come with a price so many times. The sacrifices made by our veterans are reminders to us of this. I would like to take this moment to recognize an amazing veteran, the great Senator Bob Dole.

And let us thank all of our veterans in the arena today, and those across our great country. We are all truly blessed to be here. That will never change. I can tell you with certainty that my husband has been concerned about our country for as long as I have known him. With all of my heart, I know that he will make a great and lasting difference. Donald has a great and deep and unbounding determination and a never-give-up attitude. I have seen him fight for years to get a project done, or even started, and he does not give up.

If you want someone to fight for you and your country, I can assure you, he’s the 'guy'. He will never, ever, give up. And, most importantly, he will never, ever, let you down. Donald is, and always has been, an amazing leader. Now, he will go to work for you.

His achievements speak for themselves, and his performance throughout the primary campaign proved that he knows how to win. He also knows how to remain focused on improving our country, on keeping it safe and secure.

He’s tough when he has to be, but he’s also kind and fair and caring. This kindness is not always noted, but it is there for all to see. That is one reason I fell in love with him to begin with. Donald is intensely loyal. To family, friends, employees, country. He has the utmost respect for his parents, Mary and Fred, to his sisters Maryanne and Elizabeth, to his brother Robert, and to the memory of his late brother Fred. His children have been cared for and mentored to the extent that even his adversaries admit they are an amazing testament to who he is as a man and a father.

There is a great deal of love in the Trump family. That is our bond, and that is our strength. Yes, Donald thinks big, which is especially important when considering the presidency of the United States. No room for small thinking. No room for small results. Donald gets things done.

Our country is underperforming and needs new leadership. Leadership is also what the world needs. Donald wants our country to move forward in the most positive of ways. Everyone wants change. Donald is the only one that can deliver it. We should not be satisfied with stagnation. Donald wants prosperity for all Americans.

We need new programs to help the poor and opportunities to challenge the young. There has to be a plan for growth - only then will fairness result. My husband's experience exemplifies growth and the successful passage of opportunity to the next generation. His success indicates inclusion rather than division. My husband offers a new direction, welcoming change, prosperity and greater cooperation among peoples and nations. Donald intends to represent all the people, not just some of the people.

That includes Christians and Jews and Muslims, it includes Hispanics and African-Americans and Asians, and the poor and the middle class.

Throughout his career, Donald has successfully worked with people of many faiths and with many nations. Like no one else, I have seen the talent, the energy, the tenancy (sic), the resourceful mind and the simple goodness of heart that God gave Donald Trump. Now is the time to use those gifts as never before, for purposes far greater than ever before. And he will do this better than anyone else can, and it won't even be close.

Everything depends on it, for our cause and for our country. People are counting on him - all the millions of you who have touched us so much with your kindness and your confidence. You have turned this unlikely campaign into a movement that is still gaining in strength and number. The primary season, and its toughness, is behind us. Let's all come together in a national campaign like no other!

The race will be hard-fought, all the way to November. There will be good times and hard times and unexpected turns. It would not be a Trump contest without excitement and drama.

But through, but throughout it all, my husband will remain focused on only one thing: this beautiful country that he loves so much. If I am honored to serve as first lady, I will use that wonderful privilege to try to help people in our country who need it the most. One of the many causes dear to my heart is helping children and women. You judge society by how it treats its citizens. We must do our best to ensure that every child can live in comfort and security, with the best possible education.

As citizens of this great nation, it is kindness, love and compassion for each other that will bring us together, and keep us together. These are the values Donald and I will bring to the White House. My husband is ready to lead this great nation. He is ready to fight, every day, to give our children the better future they deserve.

Ladies and gentlemen, Donald J. Trump is ready to serve and lead this country as the next president of the United States. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.



 

Monday, July 18th, 2016 Republican Convention Speeches

Scott Baio , actor and producer
Jason Beardsley , Operations Army vet, entrepreneur and adviser to Concerned Veterans for America
David A. Clarke Jr. , Sheriff of Milwaukee County
Tom Cotton , Arkansas Senator
Sean Duffy , U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 7th District
Sabine Durden , mother of Dominic Durden, who was killed after being hit by a truck driven by unlicensed, uninsured, and unregistered illegal immigrant
Joni Ernst , the first female U.S. Senator from Iowa and the first female combat vet in the Senate
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn , U.S. Army (Retired), former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
Mark Geist , Member of Benghazi Annex Security Team and Co-Author of 13 Hours
Rudy Giuliani , Former Mayor of New York City
Darryl Glenn , El Paso County Commissioner and GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate
Marcus Luttrell , U.S. Navy SEAL (Retired)
Michael McCaul , six-term U.S. Representative from Texas and Chair of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee
Mary Ann Mendoza , mother of Mesa County Police Sergeant Brandon Mendoza, who was killed when a car driven by a drunk illegal crashed into his
Rick Perry , former Governor of Texas
Willie Robertson , star of A&E’s hit cable show Duck Dynasty
Antonio Sabato, Jr. , actor and model
Jeff Sessions , U.S. Senator from Alabama, members of the Armed Services, Budget and Judiciary Committees, and the first Senator to endorse Mr.Trump
Jamiel Shaw , father to 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw Jr., who was killed by an undocumented immigrant
Pat Smith , mother of the late Sean Smith, information Management Officer, United States Foreign Service
Kent Terry and Kelly Terry-Willis , brothers to border patrol agent Brian Terry who was killed by Mexican drug dealers
John Tiegen , Member of Benghazi Annex Security Team Security and Military Consultant
Melania Trump , Wife of Donald Trump and Entrepreneur
Karen Vaughn , mother of U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn (SEAL Team VI), who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan
Ryan Zinke , U.S. Representative for Montana and former Navy SEAL
 

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 Republican Convention Speeches

Kimberlin Brown , actress and entrepreneur
Dr. Ben Carson , retired neurosurgeon
Chris Christie , Governor of New Jersey
Chris Cox , Executive Director of NRA Institute for Legislative Action
Sharon Day , Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee and 20-year party veteran
Natalie Gulbis , pro-golfer and star on the LPGA tour
Asa Hutchinson , Governor of Arkansas
Ron Johnson , U.S. Senator from Wisconsin and entrepreneur
Kevin McCarthy , U.S. House Majority Leader and U.S Representative from California
Mitch McConnell , Senate Majority Leader (R-Ky.)
Shelley Moore Capito , first female U.S. Senator from West Virginia
Michael B. Mukasey , Former U.S. Attorney General and District Court and Chief Judge for the Southern District of New York
Leslie Rutledge , the first female Arkansas Attorney General
Paul Ryan , U.S. Speaker of the House, U.S. Representative for Wisconsin and permanent chairman of the 2016 Republican National Convention
Sajid Tarar , Pakistani immigrant and founder of American Muslims for Trump
Tiffany Trump , daughter of Donald Trump
Donald Trump, Jr. , eldest son of Donald Trump and Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization
Dana White , President of Ultimate Fighting Championship
Andy Wist , founded Standard Waterproofing Company, a Bronx-based roofing, waterproofing, and restoration companies in New York City
Kerry Woolard , General Manager, Trump Winery
 

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 Republican Convention Speeches

Ralph Alvarado, Jr. , State Senator for Kentucky and Physician
Pam Bondi , Florida Attorney General
Eileen Collins , retired astronaut
Ted Cruz , Senator from Texas
Newt Gingrich , former Speaker of the House
Harold Hamm , CEO and founder of Continental Resources, one of the largest oil producers in the country, shale oil pioneer and 39th richest person in United States
Laura Ingraham , former attorney and host of the Laura Ingraham Show
Lynne Patton , Vice President of the Eric Trump Foundation
Mike Pence , Governor for Indiana and nominee for Vice President
Marco Rubio , U.S. Senator from Florida
Phil Ruffin , hotelier and owner of Treasure Island Hotel and Casino
Darrell Scott , Pastor at the New Spirit Revival Center Ministries
Eric Trump , son of Donald Trump and Executive Vice President of The Trump Organization
Michelle Van Etten , entrepreneur
Scott Walker , Governor of Wisconsin
 

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 Republican Convention Speeches

Joe Arpaio , Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona
Tom Barrack , CEO of Colony Capital
Marsha Blackburn , U.S Representative from Tennessee
Mark Burns , Pastor, The Harvest Praise & Worship Center
Mary Fallin , Governor of Oklahoma
Jerry Falwell, Jr. , Liberty University president and evangelist
Brock Mealer , motivational speaker
Tony Perkins , President of the Family Research Council
Reince Priebus , RNC Chairman
Dr. Lisa Shin , member of National Diversity Coalition for Trump and principal at the Los Alamos Family Eyecare in New Mexico
Fran Tarkenton , Legendary quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings & New York Giants
Peter Thiel , billionaire venture capitalist and hedge fund manager
Ivanka Trump , daughter of Donald Trump and executive vice president at the Trump Organization
Donald J. Trump , nominee for President
 



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